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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Benjamin Ben-David Bonetti

    Country:  Dominican Republic

    After graduating from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences in 2008, I went back to the Dominican Republic and joined my family’s pharmaceutical business. I quickly learned that there was much to be done in the Dominican healthcare field, especially for the bottom tiers of the population. We began to find ways to make medicines reach more people at an affordable price, and decided to work with international generic pharmaceutical companies to benefit from their economies of scale. We also began to do medical missions and find key products unavailable to Dominicans and work with foundations to help fund the treatments. In 2012 I went to Wharton to do my MBA, and decided to go back to Dominican Republic to continue working in the healthcare field. I am now focused on catastrophic diseases and their treatments. Out of the office, I serve as a board member for Explore Dominican Republic, a foundation whose primary goal is to provide the basic needs for underprivileged children.  I am also co-president of the Penn & Wharton alumni club of the Dominican Republic and the contact person for the alumni here.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, by Adam Grant.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • Spring Fling; it was a great time for friends from all over the world to come visit Penn for a weekend of fun activities, concerts and parties.

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Go to the Colonial Zone. It is considered the first city settled in the New World by Europeans. The area is filled with historic monuments like the first Cathedral in America, the Columbus family palace, the national Parthenon, plus many nice restaurants and bars.

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Try new classes and activities out of your comfort zone. These are the true leadership developers and you’ll be surprised of what you learn about yourself.  

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • Sourcing medicines for catastrophic diseases and working to get the government and/or insurance companies to cover these medicines under their subsidized programs.

  6. Who inspires you?

    • The president of the Dominican Pulmonary Artery Hypertension Foundation is an amazing woman that coping with a deadly condition that puts her in Intensive Care every month or two, has managed to get the Dominican government to provide free treatment to all people diagnosed with Pulmonary Artery Hypertension. She has also managed to organize all the patients in Latin America through chapters of this foundation and fights for the well-being of all people with this disease.

  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?

    • My favorite Penn tradition is Hey Day. After years of hard work, officially becoming a senior is an awesome sensation. The red t-shirts, wooden canes and biting into your friends’ straw hats while marching through campus (sort of playing dodge ball), is something I’ll never forget.

  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.